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State senator visits learning centers
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State Sen. Butch Miller reads to the pre-kindergarten class at World Language Academy in Flowery Branch in October during Georgia Pre-K Week. He visited two other Hall County schools with the program.

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Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, visited three area schools in October during the fourth annual Georgia Pre-K Week, an event celebrating early learning and literacy initiatives.

Students and teachers at the World Language Academy in Flowery Branch, the Academy Child Development Center in Oakwood, and New Holland Core Knowledge Academy in Gainesville welcomed Miller as a special guest reader in the schools’ pre-K classes. The senator also visited with staff members and school administrators, allowing him to receive an up-close look at the many ways these centers are supporting early learning initiatives.

“Georgia’s pre-K programs provide a solid educational foundation for our youngest Georgians and prepare them for future learning success,” Miller said. “It was a pleasure to spend time with the staff and students.”

Sponsored by Voices for Georgia’s Children and Pre-K partners throughout the state, Georgia Pre-K Week focuses on the important role of the state’s pre-K program on future academic achievement.

“Georgia’s nationally recognized pre-K program supports a critical developmental milestone each year for 84,000 4-year-olds,” said Pat Willis, executive director of Voices for Georgia’s Children, a child advocacy organization. “Our state’s outstanding pre-K program and other health and early learning programs work together to help children learn to read by third grade.”

Miller’s co-workers at Milton Martin Honda also celebrated Georgia Pre-K Week by reading in more than 20 Hall County classrooms throughout the week. More than 140 state officials visited and read to classes at nearly 500 pre-K learning centers in all 159 counties across Georgia to commemorate this year’s event.

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